The text Martin had just read turned his thoughts to a television commercial he used to see for a particular brokerage firm: "When So-and-So talks," it is used to proclaim, "everybody listens!" "Why was it," he wondered, "that no one in particular seemed to listen to God?" At least, not any more. Martin supposed there was a time when the human knowledge base was far less, that more people would have paid attention. These days, to claim you had actually heard the voice of God ... Well, at best you would be ignored. After that, the options deteriorated.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.